Mephistopheles' Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.65/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Bottle into snifter, Batch 2 (Nov 2006).
Pours black hole black with a thin, shimmering dark tan head that oh-so-slowly thins out to a rim around the edges.
Nose is huge rum-soaked raisins, a vinous boozey-ness, melted bittersweet chocolate - Avery's description hits it on the head exactly.
Taste is smooth and rich - boozey and hot, with a big wallop of dark fruits, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate, and a bit of vanilla, finishing with an oakey, slightly smokey, melted bittersweet chocolate, a lingering espresso bitterness, with just the slightest hint of sour hops, and more alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, higher than expected carbonation - but not a bad thing.
To be honest, the alcohol is the only real drawback to this brew - so hot that you start to flinch about halfway through the bottle. Delicious and well crafted, but take the alcohol down 3 notches and you have one of the best impy stouts I've tried. As it is, delicious, but with drinkability to be laughed at.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2009 13:51:47 | More by JohnQVegas
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Originally posted 12/19/09... lost from the server, and now re-posted.
Mephistopheles' Stout: "Bottled in Nov 2007 Batch 3"
Two years old.
Wow, just when I thought that a stout couldn't get any darker or more chocolatey and deeply caramelish, I come across Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout and it knocks me backwards. Stunning! It reminds me in many ways of Samuel Adam's Triple Bock in that it's super-rich, but somehow not overdone! It just is what it is. There's alcohol for sure, 16% by volume, but it doesn't seem like it as it's not brimming or drenched in alcohol, and it doesn't seem hot (well a little, but there are no higher alcohols). Nor is it too malty or full; and there's a really beautiful fruitiness to it that helps to round out and polish the edge of alcohol (think berries, figs, prune, and maybe even some cherry). It's rich and complex, but at the same time it's neither too rich nor too complex - and that gives it a certain amount of drinkability once you ascertain that it's a large, intensely flavored sipping beer. But what about the density of flavor? Well, that changes as you progress through the glass, but there are notes of dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brown sugar, deep caramel, golden caramel, wort, berries, cherries, soft melon, alcohol, and raisins/figs/prunes.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 00:28:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Mephistopheles' Stout from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.